Dhaka, Thu, Apr 2019


Nation celebrating Bangla new year 1426

Nayadiganta English Desk

14 April 2019,Sunday, 10:35

Amid tight security and usual restrictions, Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, and also the country’s biggest cultural festival, is being celebrated across the country today through traditional festivities and enthusiasm.

The welcome tune of the Bengali new year ringed at dawn today [14 April] with the artistes from Chhayanaut welcoming the day with Tagore’s famous song ‘Esho hey Baishakh, esho, esho (come O Baishakh, come)’ at the Ramna Batamul in Dhaka.

People from all walks of life throng different popular and historic spots in the capital and elsewhere across the country to celebrate the beginning of a new Bangla year with new dreams for a prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh.

The celebrations of Pahela Baishakh have become an integral part of Bangalees since the Bangla calendar was introduced by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1556 of the Gregorian calendar.

People of all walks of life, especially the youths, come out on the roads at daybreak wearing traditional dresses -- men wearing panjabi-pyjama, women attired in sarees with red borders, and children in colourful dresses -- to celebrate the day on every return of Pahela Baishakh.

Students of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University brought out the ‘Mangal Shobhajatra (procession of good wishes)’ from in front of the institute around 9:00am today as part of the festival and paraded through the university campus.

Traders and shopkeepers across the country opened ‘Halkhata’ (new book of accounts) and entertain customers and visitors with sweets on the first day of the New Year as part of the tradition and culture.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted countrymen and all Bangla-speaking people across the globe on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh.



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